Here Are The Steps To Have A Quality Handrail Installed In About An Hour
Always plumb, cut, and fit your rail to the steps before inserting post mount brackets into the posts.
Set the rail without the post mounts next to the steps in the location where you plan on mounting it.
Typically handrails will be installed on the same side of the steps as the doorknob.
Place a level on the front surface of the post (A). It is not necessary to plumb the post side to side yet.
The handrail should be touching the ground as well as the wall while the level reads plumb.
Move the level to one side of the handrail and ensure it is sitting plumb.
It is helpful to check and recheck for plumb both directions multiple times.
The handrail post should be a minimum of 1½” from the side of the steps to ensure clearance for the post mount.
Use a stud finder to ensure there is adequate support within the wall where the handrail is touching the wall.
Once the handrails is plumb both directions and internal wall support is verified choose the fasteners you will use to anchor the handrail to the wall and to the floor.
Always plumb, cut and fit your rail to the steps before inserting post mount brackets.
Once the rail is sitting plumb, remove it from the steps.
Locate the post mount bracket (D) and the green snug strips(E). Fold the green snug strip over the top of the post mounts. The snug strips should be oriented to touch the left and right side of each post, as opposed to front and back.
Slide the post mount and snug strip assembly (F) into the bottoms (→ →) of the rail posts.
NOTE: It will be necessary to tap (→ →) the bottom of the post mount assemblies into the bottom of the posts. Do not scratch or hammer the handrail cap.
Set the rail into its final mounting position.
Drill a hole (G) through the post mount into your steps and use an anchor suitable for your step materials to fasten the rail to the steps.
Drill one hole and install one anchor at a time.
Anchor the top clip to the wall with a suitable anchor.
To help plumb the rail posts side to side (↔), use the stainless steel washers (H) provided to shim underneath the mounting plates (F) before fully tightening the anchors to your steps or floor.
Place each side of the separated escutcheon on either side of the front post, twist in opposing directions, bring them together, and twist back to lock in place.
For any confusion or clarifications on how to install your escutcheon, please refer to this video guide.
Turning 72 very soon. Have health issues cannot do steps very and had falls. I have lots of friends who kept saying “ you need rails”. So finally gave in. I ordered them got here very quickly. My husband and a good friend put them up. Boy what a difference rails make. Best thing we… read more “Turning 72 very soon. Have”
Stairs are now safe to
Stairs are now safe to use. I have been procrastinating for a long time because I thought it would be difficult. I was very surprised how easy the installation was. The kit contained everything I needed for installation which took all the guesswork out of it. Great product at reasonable price.
I am very pleased
I am very pleased with my purchase from D.I.Y. Handrail. Joe provides excellent service and an excellent product. I was in need of replacement handrails and I’m so happy that I found D.I.Y. Handrail on the internet. Highly recommend! Betty Ann B
Betty Ann B
Don’t hesitate, just buy it!
Don’t hesitate, just buy it! This is the third railing I have purchased and am extremely pleased with the quality and how easy they are to install.
very heavy duty and looks great
We needed a handrail for the side door into my Father-in-law’s home. The Fortin Ironworks handrail was very heavy duty and looks great.
My mother needed a handrail
My mother needed a handrail on the front porch. Fortin Ironworks was reasonably priced, easy to install, and very sturdy.
Love the look. Very sturdy,
Love the look. Very sturdy, well made. Needed to buy a few more drill bits for the hard concrete but other than that installation went well. I installed on the out side of the steps, to get maximum width which I am very glad I did.
A well designed, well made
A well designed, well made railing that was a breeze to install. Joe was very helpful in providing a drawing to show how the rail would look on the steps to our patio. I’ve already had one person ask for photos & contact info to do a rail project at their home. Easy ordering process… read more “A well designed, well made”
I needed a rail…
I needed a rail to qualify for my home insurance plan. My neighbor recommended a cheap fix by way of black pipe used for industrial uses. I opted for something that was more appealing and could be a permanent solution, hence, I discovered Fortin Ironworks. They were easy to install and look great. Showed them… read more “I needed a rail…”
I purchased one of these
I purchased one of these rails for an elderly neighbor who had a handyman install a cheap metal kit from one of the big box stores. It had rusted out and I was afraid she would fall if she accidentally leaned against it. The rail was very easy to install. I followed the directions and… read more “I purchased one of these”
oh so sturdy
I ordered my wall handrail from Joe, and I am very pleased with my order. I am in NY and my order came and my rail was package properly and was not damaged. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone who is looking to do a DIY project. By the way I forgot to… read more “oh so sturdy”
Our parish needed a rail
Our parish needed a rail to assist our aging pastor move safely around the church’s altar. From my first conversation the Fortin Ironworks rep to the ease of installation, the DIY handrail was a perfect solution. We’ll be needing more before long. Thank you!
Extremely Satisfied! Joe could not
Extremely Satisfied! Joe could not have been more helpful from beginning to the end of the process. It was a pleasure from the mock up to final installation. The railing is beautiful and sturdy. I couldn’t be more pleased.
I live in a 55 plus community and my front porch steps had no handrails. After some extensive research and talking with several contractors I found DIY Handrail online. Joe made it so easy to order and even gave me a rendering for my HOA approval process. Since I am elderly I hired a handyman… read more “Completely Satisfied”
Joe and his customer service
Joe and his customer service is above reproach! Joe and I emailed back and forth numerous times so he could help me select the correct railings for my application. The shipping was incredibly fast…the handrails arrived far ahead of my expectations. I tell everyone that will listen about D.I.Y. Handrail. This has become my go… read more “Joe and his customer service”
I am extremely satisfied with
I am extremely satisfied with all aspects of the experience! Pre-purchase communication (mock-up, questions and answers) with Joe was extremely helpful. My two, #4 Pickets arrived in 2 days as advertised and in excellent condition. All hardware was furnished including the anchors, drill bit and socket that fit the anchors. (I changed to 5/16″x3″ Tapcon… read more “I am extremely satisfied with”
Great Product, great company to
Great Product, great company to do business with. Very satisfied with the fit and finish of the rail kit, and the included hardware and driver. Thanks to Joe and the Customer Service Team for all the help. Will definitely be back in the future when the need arises.
Great installation package
Just installed the Floor-2 and Wall-4. Great installation package. They arrived a day early. Very satisfied, thanks!
Wow! Great product, installed easily, just as described. Read the instructions, watch the videos, and be sure to have a hammer drill (if you’re attaching to concrete). Never had a project go as smoothly as installing this railing. Looks Great.
I ordered a DIY handrail late Spting 2018. It came in short irder, bit I had to wait for a dry day yo install it. A friend held it in place while I took a plumb, and measured hiw muvh i needed to cut the lower leg. I cut it located where I wanted it,… read more “I ordered a DIY handrail”
I am more than pleased
I am more than pleased with my two DIY handrails. They arrived quickly, they are a quality product, they were easy to install. The price was most reasonable for the high quality. Mine have been installed for one year and I expect to get many more years of use from them. Additionally, they satisfy… read more “I am more than pleased”
We LOVE our DIY handrail!
We LOVE our DIY handrail! We’re both getting a little older (and have older friends) and just needed to feel safer on the front steps. It’s a great product!
Just happened to find DIY
Just happened to find DIY on internet. Contacted Joe and explained that I recently had hip surgery and needed stair rails ASAP. He had them delivered within days. They work beautifully. Great customer service.
We have an arch handrail
We have an arch handrail which has been great, but we lost an escutcheon at the base. Joe’s customer service was superb…he not only advised us the part has since been replaced with something better, but sent us replacements free of charge. Excellent!
The railing is perfect and
The railing is perfect and Joe was a tremendous help throughout the purchase and installation process. We are delighted with the end result. Thanks, Bob
Robert F. Long, Jr.
Joe’s customer service was exemplary
Joe’s customer service was exemplary from prior to the sale and answering follow-on questions. Highly recommended.
We just installed our railing.
We just installed our railing. Absolutely LOVE it. The welding was very well done. Easy to install. It was difficult drilling through aggregate though. Had to purchase another drill bit. Will definitely recommend to others!!
I’m very impressed with the very high quality of your railing. The design of the Arch 3 was perfect for my use. I’ve installed it and it looks terrific. It’s sturdy and rust proof with the stainless steel base plate. The flawless finish and precision of your pieces is impressive.
Piece of cake! Very solid.
Piece of cake! Very solid. Looks great. Ken M.
We support Made in America
I am glad I found your product on internet . And I think my contractor will recommend it to others. All the crew liked it. And we support Made in America. Nancy